November 22, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists look at the growing opposition to a proposed nuclear storage facility in southeastern New Mexico, including among Indigenous communities. The All Pueblo Council of Governors recently came out publicly against the project, which would be the world’s largest.
Line Panelists: Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
H. Diane Snyder, former State Senator
July 12, 2019 – The Carlsbad City Council has unanimously approved a resolution supporting a nuclear waste facility near the Eddy-Lea county border. The governor, the New Mexico land commissioner and the state’s congressional delegation are opposed, particularly when considering the use of fracking in the same region. Supporters say the repository, proposed by Holtec International, will generate jobs and revenue – and nuclear waste has to be stored somewhere. But both the Holtec site and WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) are close to the Permian Basin and fracking operations. With evidence that fracking causes earthquakes, is this a recipe for disaster? Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the balancing act between economic opportunity and environmental impact.
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Stephanie Maez, ProgressNow New Mexico
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management